Sirsa urges Jaishanker to take up issue of discrimination with Sikhs at Madrid Airport

New Delhi, November 27, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)

The Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) President Mr. Manjinder Singh Sirsa has urged the External Affairs Minister Mr. Jaishanker to raise the issue of discrimination being done with Sikhs at Madrid airport of Spain.

In a letter written to EAM, Mr. Sirsa said that the recent case is of Air India official Capt Simranjeet Singh Gujral at Madrid airport. He said that the officers was subjected to racial discrimination because of his turban.

He said that the Madrid airport officials demanded him to remove his turban and asked for a manual check up of his turban which is an offence in the eyes of a Sikh. He said that all this happened despite Captain Gujral clearing the metal detectors.

The DSGMC President said that truly this is a case of bias and racial attitude towards Sikhs at the Madrid airport. He said that such incidents have happened there in the recent past also when Sikhs were asked to remove the turban or the airport officials disrespected the turban by manhandling the Sikhs.

He said that the Minister was aware that the turban is the essence of a Sikh’s identity and it is important to create awareness at the global level about how sensitive Sikhs are about their turban.

He urged Mr. Jaishanker to raise this issue at the global level and specially with the Spain government at Madrid airport who continue to hurt Sikh sentiments and play ignorance card to their advantage.